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North Down and Ards

We are no longer recruiting for a joint North Down and Ards PLATO Grouping as we have exceeded capacity, if interested in applying for other groups within the East Border Region, apply now if interested

 

Please see some of our North Down and Ards companies as follows:-



AnimArt Display

Sandy Turner

 AnimArt Display is Head-quartered in Newtownards, County Down.  AnimArt Display is directed by Sandy Turner and is one of the leading producers of seasonal displays on the island of Ireland. With the introduction of animated and Animatronic displays AnimArt has been in the forefront of the design, production of internal & external (Christmas) decorative schemes in shopping centres throughout Ireland. Over the past few years AnimArt have been involved in the design & development of unique & unusual displays for Valentines Day, Mothers Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. Theme displays for Summer Holidays, Back to School, Autumn Events & Halloween extend the calendar of promotional opportunities. With access to one of the finest ranges of internal promotional display material in Europe AnimArt can tailor cost effective one of a kind displays or an all year long rolling programme of visual promotional displays. The company client portfolio ranges from some of the largest shopping centres in Ireland through to boutiques. AnimArt Display prides itself on understanding the needs of their clients which can involve impacts beyond visual display. Their 18 years of experience has shown that ease of installation and removal plus cost effective storage are equally important considerations to their clients.

Web: www.animartdisplay.co.uk

Email: sandy@animartdisplay.co.uk

 

 

Crosslé Car Company

Paul McMorran

Established in 1957, Crosslé is the world’s longest-established constructors of racing cars.  Uniquely the company continues to build cars, and support their on-going success worldwide, from their original factory in Holywood, Northern Ireland.  Paul McMorran became Managing Director of this 55 year-old company nearly a decade ago. The Crosslé Car Company was founded in 1957 when John Crosslé, a former champion motor cyclist, built his first racing car. The Crosslé Mk 1, and the following Mk 11 and Mk 111 - all 1172cc Ford Specials - won the majority of their races, and there was no shortage of potential purchasers for John’s fast machinery at the end of each season. John Crosslé’s attention to detail and value for money ideals, coupled with innovative design and sensible construction, soon led to a rapidly expanding company. During the 1960s the Crosslé Car Company produced European Formula Junior, American Formula B and Formula C cars, and Sports Racing cars. In 1968 a Crosslé 12F won the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Formula B Championship. Thousands of young hopefuls have had their first motor racing experience in a Crosslé, including such famous names as Nigel Mansell, Eddie Irvine and John Watson.

Web: www.crossle.co.uk

Email: Paul.mcmorran@btinternet.com

 

 

Cafollas

 

Michael Cafolla

 

Cafollas is a well-known Restaurant, Café, Gift Shop and floristry based in Regent Street in Newtownards, founded over 85 years ago by Mr. Guisseppi Cafolla. The Café was opened in October 1938 and was capable of seating 200 diners over two floors. Today, the company remains independently owned by Michael Cafolla who took over the business over twenty years ago and expanded the eatery to provide gifts and flowers. The company has become something of a local tourist attraction and Michael is interested in scaling the business to new heights with the development of innovative food products and hosting event listings.

Web: Under construction

Email: mcafolla@tiscali.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Directus Training Consultancy

 

Rosemary Morrison

 

Directus Training Consultancy is eleven years old this year and is a management training and consultancy business headed up by Rosemary Morrison. The business is headquartered in Newtownards and are specialist providers in business training and mentoring for start-up and growth businesses. The company also delivers career building seminars for 11-25 year olds in schools and colleges. Rosemary is passionate about using the theory and putting it into practice by working with SMEs to adopt the tools and techniques to assist SMEs in Northern Ireland to be sustainable and grow.

 

Web: Under Construction

Email: rosemary.directus@gmail.com



 

 

Fiontar Sapeth Management

Gerard De Brún

Gerard De Brún set up Fiontar Safety over one year ago in 2012 on the premise that in this difficult ever changing market every company has a legal and moral obligation to ensure the Health, Safety and well being of all their staff and persons affected by the activities they carry out. Fiontar Safety seeks to provide a practical approach to Health, Safety and Environmental issues affecting a wide range of business across industrial, commercial and service sectors. We can offer a competent, practicable and straight forward service to meet your businesses needs in the current economic climate.At Fiontar Safety, we believe in a hands-on, practical approach to Health and Safety. With over 10 years’ experience in the Safety Industry we pride ourselves in providing practical, simple and easy to understand advice to our clients. At Fiontar Safety Management we offer a complete service to ensure full legal compliance for your company. We can tailor our service for all companies regardless of size or time established.

Web: www.fiontarsafety.com

Email: gerard@fiontarsafety.com



 

 

Forth

 

Colin Rankin

 

Colin Ranking is Technical Director of Forth which is a Communications Company established over thirteen years ago. Colin has been with Forth since its conception, overseeing all data processing output from Forth. The business is headquartered in Balloo Industrial Estate Bangor. The company prides itself on being direct, Forth provide clients the best solutions to their communication challenges. “We help our clients achieve targeted and effective customer communications, direct mailings, email campaigns and e-surveys.From data to delivery and beyond, Forth project manage the process to individual client needs. The company has particular strengths in the finance, hospitality and retail sectors. Colin has over 14 years of experience managing databases for direct marketing. He has an extensive understanding of data verification and manipulation, and is often tasked with devising data solutions for clients.

 

 

 

Web: www.forthcom.co.uk

 

Email: colin.rankin@forthcom.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Posh Nosh Catering Company

Lynda Sherwood

Posh Nosh Catering was established over twenty years ago (in 1990)  by Lynda and Tolson Sherwood (previously restaurateurs of two restaurants) who remain joint directors of the company today. Posh Nosh has headquarters in Bangor, County Down but provides catering solutions within an expanding marketplace across the island of Ireland. Posh Nosh Catering has a diverse range of clients ranging from Weddings to Corporate and Sporting events. Posh Nosh has earned a reputation for creating delicious food using the very best locally sourced produce, developing a style of catering which not only impresses, but emphasises their brand. Posh Nosh specialise in bespoke weddings, lavish corporate events and opulent private parties. They provide a professional service tailored to client’s needs and wants including famous brands and high profile organisations. Posh Nosh is consistently creative and maintains high standards throughout the business. The Sherwoods have continually expanded the company over the years and their latest venture is to develop further innovative products for the retail sector through a sister company.

Web: Under Reconstruction

Email: info@poshnoshireland.com

 

 

Smith Design Agency  

Richard Smith

Smith Design Agency is the new brainchild of Rick Smith who established the business over three years ago to assist other growth-oriented businesses in maximising their business potential through appropriate marketing and in particular branding and advertising techniques. Smith Design agency provides bespoke logo design and design of promotional literature for brochures, packaging, business cards, and advertisement campaigns and so on. Smith Design Agency promises its clients increased capacity to grow their sales, enhance their reputation and attract new customers through graphic design that gets results. Smith Design Agency has worked with a range of leading companies in their respective industry fields e.g. food companies such as Tayto, Ormo and Farmlay eggs, and with banks such as Natwest.

Web: www.smithdesignagency.co.uk

Email: rick@smithdesignagency.co.uk

 

 

Slice of Heaven

 

Heather Boyle

 

A Slice of Heaven is one of Northern Ireland’s most sweetest new start businesses. Trading for over two years now and headed up by Heather Boyle the business is based in Newtownards the genesis of the company was formed after a trip to French patisseries and a desire to bring high quality desserts to the Northern Ireland market. The company sells to a range of customers including restaurants, cafes, foodservice companies and through various stores to the general public.  More recently A slice of heaven has expanded into emergent markets and also provides ‘a Side of Goodness’ an offering of salads and sauces packed full of wholesomeness and flavour. The company now also caters for special events for clients including weddings.Heather was awarded the Prestigious Title of “Saleswoman of the Year” in 2011.  This was awarded to the woman who consistently achieved an excellent sales record. The company has also earned a number of Awards including Social Media Awards, Commitment to Training. Heather has an enviable track record with over 20 years’ experience within the food industry.

Web: www.slice ofheavenni.co.uk

Email: sales@sliceofheavenni.co.uk

 

 

 

Wilkinson Design 34

Keith Wilkinson

Wilkinson Design 34 is a new name in signs and vehicle graphics but it comes with over 15 years’ experience in the industry. Keith Wilkinson bravely stepped out of a high-powered industry to set up on his own in Donaghadee in County Down over two years ago. The company offers a full design service for all vinyl graphic applications, specialising in motorsport graphics and working with clients from within the local and national motorsport world. Through these clients our graphics have competed for local clubman events through to the Le Mans 24 hour race.  Keith is also making strides in leading company growth within MotoX racing component of the industry by developing specialist graphics.

Web: www.wilkinsondesign34.co.uk

Email: info@wilkinsondesign34.co.uk

 

 

The Word Works Partnership Ltd.

Gavin Walker

The Word Works Partnership Ltd. was established in Bangor approximately 8 years ago.  The Word Works Partnership Ltd. is the trading name for the publishing company for Northern Ireland’s Premier Business Magazine, Business First which is delivered bi-monthly to 20,000 of Northern Ireland’s leading business decision-makers. Gavin Walker Managing Director of the company has led the development of the company’s portfolio of online offerings to the business community through Wordworks events and Ignite.

Web: www.businessfirstonline.co.uk

Email: gavin@twworks.co.uk

 

 

 

 



  • AD01 Animal Art Display
    AD01 sandy turner
    AD01 Animal Art Display

    AnimArt Display is Head-quartered in Newtownards, County Down.  AnimArt Display is directed by Sandy Turner and is one of the leading producers of seasonal displays on the island of Ireland. With the introduction of animated and Animatronic displays AnimArt has been in the forefront of the design, production of internal & external (Christmas) decorative schemes in shopping centres throughout Ireland. Over the past few years AnimArt have been involved in the design & development of unique & unusual displays for Valentines Day, Mothers Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. Theme displays for Summer Holidays, Back to School, Autumn Events & Halloween extend the calendar of promotional opportunities. With access to one of the finest ranges of internal promotional display material in Europe AnimArt can tailor cost effective one of a kind displays or an all year long rolling programme of visual promotional displays. The company client portfolio ranges from some of the largest shopping centres in Ireland through to boutiques. AnimArt Display prides itself on understanding the needs of their clients which can involve impacts beyond visual display. Their 18 years of experience has shown that ease of installation and removal plus cost effective storage are equally important considerations to their clients. Sandy joins the PLATO EBR Programme to enhance his understanding of accessing finance, tendering techniques and social media expertise.


  • AD01 Animal Art Display
    AD01 Paul mcmorran
    AD01 Animal Art Display

    AnimArt Display is Head-quartered in Newtownards, County Down.  AnimArt Display is directed by Sandy Turner and is one of the leading producers of seasonal displays on the island of Ireland. With the introduction of animated and Animatronic displays AnimArt has been in the forefront of the design, production of internal & external (Christmas) decorative schemes in shopping centres throughout Ireland. Over the past few years AnimArt have been involved in the design & development of unique & unusual displays for Valentines Day, Mothers Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. Theme displays for Summer Holidays, Back to School, Autumn Events & Halloween extend the calendar of promotional opportunities. With access to one of the finest ranges of internal promotional display material in Europe AnimArt can tailor cost effective one of a kind displays or an all year long rolling programme of visual promotional displays. The company client portfolio ranges from some of the largest shopping centres in Ireland through to boutiques. AnimArt Display prides itself on understanding the needs of their clients which can involve impacts beyond visual display. Their 18 years of experience has shown that ease of installation and removal plus cost effective storage are equally important considerations to their clients. Sandy joins the PLATO EBR Programme to enhance his understanding of accessing finance, tendering techniques and social media expertise.


  • AD01 Directus
    AD01 Rosemary Morrison
    AD01 Directus

    Directus Training Consultancy is eleven years old this year and is a management training and consultancy business headed up by Rosemary Morrison. The business is headquartered in Newtownards and are specialist providers in business training and mentoring for start-up and growth businesses. The company also delivers career building seminars for 11-25 year olds in schools and colleges. Rosemary is passionate about using the theory and putting it into practice by working with SMEs to adopt the tools and techniques to assist SMEs in Northern Ireland to be sustainable and grow.

     

    Rosemary joins the PLATO EBR Programme to enhance her understanding of accessing international markets (exporting) and digital media expertise (marketing).


  • AD01 Fiontar Safety Management
    AD01 Gerard De Brun
    AD01 Fiontar Safety Management

    Gerard De Brún set up Fiontar Safety over one year ago in 2012 on the premise that in this difficult ever changing market every company has a legal and moral obligation to ensure the Health, Safety and well being of all their staff and persons affected by the activities they carry out. Fiontar Safety seeks to provide a practical approach to Health, Safety and Environmental issues affecting a wide range of business across industrial, commercial and service sectors. We can offer a competent, practicable and straight forward service to meet your businesses needs in the current economic climate. At Fiontar Safety, we believe in a hands-on, practical approach to Health and Safety. With over 10 years’ experience in the Safety Industry we pride ourselves in providing practical, simple and easy to understand advice to our clients. At Fiontar Safety Management we offer a complete service to ensure full legal compliance for your company. We can tailor our service for all companies regardless of size or time established. Gerard joins the PLATO EBR Programme to enhance his understanding of effective tendering techniques, sales and marketing.


  • AD01 Forth
    AD01 Colin Rankin
    AD01 Forth

    Colin Ranking is Technical Director of Forth which is a Communications Company established over thirteen years ago. Colin has been with Forth since its conception, overseeing all data processing output from Forth. The business is headquartered in Balloo Industrial Estate Bangor. The company prides itself on being direct, Forth provide clients the best solutions to their communication challenges. “We help our clients achieve targeted and effective customer communications, direct mailings, email campaigns and e-surveys.” From data to delivery and beyond, Forth project manage the process to individual client needs. The company has particular strengths in the finance, hospitality and retail sectors. Colin has over 14 years of experience managing databases for direct marketing. He has an extensive understanding of data verification and manipulation, and is often tasked with devising data solutions for clients.

     

    Colin joins the PLATO EBR Programme to enhance his understanding of processes and systems and effective tendering techniques.


  • AD01 Wendy McCaughan
    AD01 Kan Teq

    Kan Teq was founded by Wendy McCaughan from Killinchy in Co Down. Wendy, herself a rider, has a background in the fashion industry and has been involved in researching bullet proof materials. In the search for a more flexible and stronger material for body protectors Kan Teq looked at other high risk sports and identified Planet Knox who have been the market leaders of motorcycle body protection since 1981.

    With Knox and Kan Teq there is a definite synergy that results in perhaps the most dynamic body protector available today.

    “Kan Teq Ltd was formed in 2005 as I saw an opportunity in the market to develop a “next generation” body protector thatincorporated advanced technologies from the motorcycle protective clothing market, as no other manufacturer of equestrian body protectors was doing so, also the existing styles are bulky, cumbersome, ugly and user unfriendly! Prior to setting up Kan Teq Ltd I had worked as a design consultant for some large military bullet proof vest manufacturing companies, so had gained experience over 2 years of developing improved body armour and believed that I had the skill set to bring a product to the market from concept, through production with appropriate branding.


  • AD01 Posh Nosh
    AD01 Lynda Sherwood
    AD01 Posh Nosh

    Posh Nosh Catering was established over twenty years ago (in 1990)  by Lynda and Tolson Sherwood (previously restaurateurs of two restaurants) who remain joint directors of the company today. Posh Nosh has headquarters in Bangor, County Down but provides catering solutions within an expanding marketplace across the island of Ireland. Posh Nosh Catering has a diverse range of clients ranging from Weddings to Corporate and Sporting events. Posh Nosh has earned a reputation for creating delicious food using the very best locally sourced produce, developing a style of catering which not only impresses, but emphasises their brand. Posh Nosh specialise in bespoke weddings, lavish corporate events and opulent private parties. They provide a professional service tailored to client’s needs and wants including famous brands and high profile organisations. Posh Nosh is consistently creative and maintains high standards throughout the business. The Sherwoods have continually expanded the company over the years and their latest venture is to develop further innovative products for the retail sector through a sister company. Lynda joins the PLATO EBR Programme to enhance her understanding of tendering techniques, export markets, and social media expertise.


  • AD01 Slice of Heaven
    AD01 Heather Boyle
    AD01 Slice of Heaven

    A Slice of Heaven is one of Northern Ireland’s most sweetest new start businesses. Trading for over two years now and headed up by Heather Boyle the business is based in Newtownards the genesis of the company was formed after a trip to French patisseries and a desire to bring high quality desserts to the Northern Ireland market. The company sells to a range of customers including restaurants, cafes, foodservice companies and through various stores to the general public.  More recently A slice of heaven has expanded into emergent markets and also provides ‘a Side of Goodness’ an offering of salads and sauces packed full of wholesomeness and flavour. The company now also caters for special events for clients including weddings. Heather was awarded the Prestigious Title of “Saleswoman of the Year” in 2011.  This was awarded to the woman who consistently achieved an excellent sales record. The company has also earned a number of Awards including Social Media Awards, Commitment to Training. Heather has an enviable track record with over 20 years’ experience within the food industry.

    Heather joins the PLATO EBR Programme to enhance her understanding of legal compliance, finance, applying technology including digital media expertise and exporting. 


  • AD01 Smith Design Agency
    AD01 Richard Smith
    AD01 Smith Design Agency

    Smith Design Agency is the new brainchild of Rick Smith who established the business over three years ago to assist other growth-oriented businesses in maximising their business potential through appropriate marketing and in particular branding and advertising techniques. Smith Design agency provides bespoke logo design and design of promotional literature for brochures, packaging, business cards, and advertisement campaigns and so on. Smith Design Agency promises its clients increased capacity to grow their sales, enhance their reputation and attract new customers through graphic design that gets results. Smith Design Agency has worked with a range of leading companies in their respective industry fields e.g. food companies such as Tayto, Ormo and Farmlay eggs, and with banks such as Natwest.

     

    Rick joins the PLATO EBR Programme to enhance his understanding of applying technology, sales and exporting.

     


  • AD01 The Word Works Partnership Ltd
    AD01 Gavin Walker
    AD01 The Word Works Partnership Ltd

    The Word Works Partnership Ltd. was established in Bangor approximately 8 years ago.  The Word Works Partnership Ltd. is the trading name for the publishing company for Northern Ireland’s Premier Business Magazine, Business First which is delivered bi-monthly to 20,000 of Northern Ireland’s leading business decision-makers. Gavin Walker Managing Director of the company has led the development of the company’s portfolio of online offerings to the business community through Wordworksevents and Ignite. Gavin joins the PLATO EBR Programme to enhance his understanding of accessing finance, applying technology and social media expertise.


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